Chinchilla cats are of British origin, and their ancestors are Angora and Persian cats. Some people call Chinchilla an artificial cat. From this nickname, we can get a glimpse of the life experience of Chinchilla cats. They are deliberately cultivated by humans. In addition, there is one thing that most people may not know, that is, Chinchilla was the first purely artificially bred cat, and they appeared in 1894.
Today’s Chinchilla has the characteristics of silver tabby and smoky cat species (although it may not seem obvious on the outside). In fact, the recognized ancestor of the Chinchilla cat is difficult to verify because it was bred from many cat species, but the origin of the cat species has been recorded in detail, and all clues indicate the breeding of the cat species. It was actually developed by a female cat named Chinnie who was born in 1882. So the name “Chinchilla” comes from Chinnie or because the species has some similarities with the chinchilla named Chinchilla.
Many people may not be able to clearly say what morphological characteristics the Chinchilla cat has, so it is easy to be led by the nose by the seller when buying a cat. In fact, Chinchilla has a lot of unique appearances that are exclusive to them. For example, their faces are flat from the side and they have noses (but their noses are relatively short). In addition to these two most obvious features, Are there any other features?
Detailed morphological feature description of Chinchilla
Head: round, thick and strong, with a broad skull; round face and round chin; the whole head grows well on the stubby neck. The skull is smooth to the touch from the forehead to the back of the head, like the curve of the head between the ears. Viewed from the side, the front of the eyes is in a vertical line with the forehead, nose, and jaw.
Nose: short, flat and wide, with a “break” (ie, a clear demarcation dent) between the eyes.
Cheeks: plump. The snout is inconspicuously protruding (that is, the entire face is round and not pointed), and it blends smoothly and perfectly in the cheeks.
Upper jaw: wide and powerful.
Chin: Full, well-developed, round and strong, with normal bite.
Ears: Small, rounded, facing forward, and the base of the ear is of appropriate width. The distance between the two ears is very wide, the position is low, and the entire round head melts into a perfect whole (rather than changing the outline of the head round).
Eyes: large, round and full. The location is level and far away, making the facial expressions sweet. The eyes must be green or blue-green.
Body: The body of a pony, with stubby limbs and a wide chest. The body is the same thickness from shoulder to buttocks like a thick and straight tube, round and strong, and has a very flat back. Muscular, no obvious excess fat. For medium or large body types, overall quality is more important than body size.
Legs: short and sturdy. The front legs are straight, and the back legs are straight when viewed from behind.
Claws: large, round and strong. The toes are closely spaced, the front paw has five toes and the hind paw has four toes.
Tail: Short, but proportional to body length. Not curled up, slightly lower than the body and at an angle to the horizontal back.
Coat: Long and thick, standing upright on the body like a blast. The texture is good, vibrant and shiny. Long and cover the body, including the shoulders. The collar is very large, thick, and beautifully covered between the front legs. The hair on the ears and toes is very long, and the tail is very thick.
Colors: There are four main types-silver Chinchilla cat, silver shade Chinchilla cat, golden Chinchilla cat, golden shade Chinchilla cat.
If you want to buy a pure Chinchilla cat, you must pay attention to the cat’s appearance. It is best that the seller has a breed certification and birth certificate. In addition, you can also find an “industry person” to accompany you to purchase, so as not to be deceived by unscrupulous merchants. Of course, although some Chinchilla cats cannot reach the level of competition, they are also docile and very suitable for companion pets.
Chinchilla cats are bred from Persian cats, so Chinchilla’s personality is similar to Persian cats. For example, they like to be quiet and will not always disturb their owners; they are empathetic and willing to be close to others; they are naturally intelligent , It is easy to receive training and so on. But Chinchilla also has some characteristics that are more obvious than Persian cats. Let’s take a look at which characteristics of Chinchilla cats are more prominent.
First of all, like Persian cats, Chinchilla looks noble and gorgeous, they are aristocratic nobles. But Chinchilla is more “master” consciousness than Persian cats, they don’t think of themselves as your “subjects”, and everything they do is to let themselves enjoy a better life. Therefore, if you want Chinchilla to listen to you more, you’d better guide the cats as a friend, otherwise they will also have rebellious emotions.
Secondly, although Chinchilla also likes to be quiet, they are more lively than Persian cats, and they are also more agile. In order to ensure that the cat has enough exercise, the owner can play small games with the cat every day. If you don’t have enough time to accompany the cat, then prepare a few more toys so that the cat will not feel lonely because there is no one to accompany you.
Thirdly, Chinchilla cats can sometimes be a little willful. When the owner encounters a cat making a petite, he can induce it by using snacks and other other methods, so that the cat is more likely to accept your instructions.
Finally, Chinchilla loves to clean, they will lick their paws, clean up their hair, etc., their purpose is to remove the odor and dust from their bodies. It should be noted that cats that often lick their bodies may swallow excessive hair. The owner can feed them cat grass on a regular basis.
During the maintenance process, the owner must pay attention to ensuring the cleanliness of the living environment; Chinchilla is a cat that likes to run and jump, so the owner needs to spare time to play with the cat during the maintenance process; Chinchilla is also a smart cat, just a little Training, they can complete the instructions you teach them, and may even bring you some small surprises. So what exactly do you want to do to raise Chinchilla?
1. Pay attention to gastrointestinal skin care
Keeping Chinchilla cats is the same as caring for Persian cats. Pay more attention to their gastrointestinal and skin care. Due to excessive facial secretions in Chinchilla cats, facial cleansing care is also essential.
2. Keep your home dry
Chinchilla cats are most suitable for living in a dry environment. If you love cats, you may want to turn on an air conditioner or a dehumidifier for your cat to lower the humidity to make it more comfortable.
Three, comb your hair every day
In terms of grooming, the owner should spend 5 to 10 minutes a day. Comb the cat’s fur to avoid knots in the undercoat. Cats that don’t comb their hair often may need to cut or trim off their hair due to excessive knots and tightness; messy coats are also a breeding ground for bacteria, so you can’t be lazy if you love cats!
Fourth, clean the body regularly
If the living environment is humid and the house accumulates debris, cats often have the opportunity to walk around and become dusty. The owner should clean the cat’s body every 2 to 3 weeks; on the contrary, if the owner can keep the home dry Clean, cats only need to bathe once every 2 months.
Five, regular and quantitative feeding
In terms of feeding, it is advisable to feed Chinchilla cats in a “timed and quantitative” manner, because this will make it easier for the owner to find when the cat has no appetite, and to be aware of the cat’s illness or indigestion early.
Six, patient training
The training time of Chinchilla should not exceed 15 minutes each time. In order to achieve the best effect of training, the owner can train the cat before meals, because the cat is the easiest to receive training at this time. If the cat cannot learn the skills you teach for a long time, you cannot reprimand or punish the cat, otherwise they may never be willing to learn again.
The diet plan of Chinchilla cats needs to be made according to their age. When a cat is in its juvenile period, the owner may have to feed the cat 4-5 meals a day. Because kittens have a small stomach capacity, they need a lot of nutrients and calories every day, so they feed more often than adult cats. The diet of young cats can gradually shift from soft food to dry food. If long-term eating soft food is not beneficial to the cat’s teeth, it may cause dental calculus in the cat. If you feed dry food prematurely, kittens may suffer from indigestion and diarrhea. This is a great burden for the kitten’s body, so you must pay attention to the diet of young cats.
The feeding of adult cats is simpler than that of young cats. The owner can feed the cat twice a day, but the time and amount must be controlled. Do not feed the cat after the meal has not been fed or feed the cat too much. If there is more food, it is easy to cause cats to suffer from various digestive diseases. Some owners may say that adult cats can basically control their food intake, even if the owner feeds too much, they will not eat too much. This is true, but if cat food is exposed to the air for too long, the taste will become weaker. This is not what cats want. They like strong-tasting food.
In addition to fixed-point and quantitative staple food supply, the owner can also prepare some snacks for cats. The supply of snacks also needs to be controlled in quantity. Obesity or other diseases caused by eating too much snacks are also common in clinical practice. If you don’t want to see it To love cats and suffer, the owner must be cruel to ignore all kinds of cute cats begging for food.
Some cats like to surround the owner when the owner is eating. At this time, if the owner feeds the cat, it will be bad for their health, so let’s not eat it, and can’t stand their innocent look in their pitiful eyes. In fact, the owner can prepare food for the cat before he eats, and when you start the meal, let the cat start to enjoy his own meal. It should be noted that do not let the cat move in the same room as you. For example, if you are eating in a restaurant, let the cat eat in another room. In short, don’t let them see that you are also eating.